from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See bobbin lace.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. handmade lace wrought with bobbins upon a lace pillow.
- Lace made by hand with bobbins on a pillow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See lace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a handmade lace worked on a pillow with threads wound on bobbins; the pattern is marked out on the pillow by pins
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The design is worked in punto tirato and is evidently of Eastern origin; the flounce of pillow lace was added at a later date.
Lace in those days was even technically under the protection of the Church, among the names of stitches being "Pater", "Ave Maria", "Chapelet", etc. More than 100,000 workers now make pillow lace and point Arabe, as the modern guipure is called, at Le Puy, and lace is also made in the departments of Cantal and Vienne, and at Mirecourt in the Vosges.